Lovely beaches, best seafood, and a laid-back but fun place Are all but Goa. The smallest state of India- Goa is one of the best places to visit in India and a paradise for beach lovers.
Goa is bounded by Maharashtra and Karnataka, and the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Panaji is the state's capital, while Vasco Da Gama is its largest city. One can feel the Portuguese culture in Goa as they landed in the 16th century as merchants and soon conquered the state. Portuguese ruled over for 450 years and was later annexed by India in the year 1961. The historic city Margoa can help you see the strong influence of Portuguese culture. Goa is a tourist hub and several domestic and international tourists visit there every year.
Goa has several tourist places, the major attraction is, of course, the beaches and the water sports. Beaches like , Calangute offer adventure sports like jet-skiing, Parasailing, banana boat rides, water scooter rides and more. Adventure sports costs around 1400/- INR. Other than its excellent beaches, one can visit the churches and temples. Goa is also famous for its happening nightlife; it's full of awesome pubs to enjoy the nightlife. Also one can go to famous casinos like which costs somewhere near 2000- 2500/- INR Per person.
, Fort Aguada are other tourism destinations.
Traveling in Goa is very convenient that you can hire a taxi or rent a two-wheeler for a day at a price of 300-500 INR a day. Also, Goa is the only state in India, which has two wheeler Taxi. One can also opt for; buses connect the rural and urban area of Goa.
River Crossing can be done by a ferry which is a fun way to travel if you are not in a hurry. The travel cost is cheaper if you opt for ferries, but the rented two-wheeler option can be considered as the cheapest.
The is more commonly known as Dabolim Airport, it is the only airport in the small state. It also has a military airbase named as INS Hansa. It is 4 km from the nearest city, Vasco De Gama, 23 km from Margao, and about 30 km from the state capital Panjim. One can get several Taxis and Auto Rickshaws near Airport, which assure you the cheapest rates- ranging from 200- 600 INR, depending on your distance to travel.
Konkani is the official language of Goa, but most of the Goan people can understand Marathi well. They are also versed in Hindi, English. But around 61% of Goan Population understand and speak Konkani.
Rice with fish curry is the staple food of Goa; you can find elaborate recipes of seafood, chicken, and pork in Goa. One can try the Goan food, famous beach shacks like Lobo's, Curlies and Brittos, they offer the cheapest and the best seafood. The cost of two could be around 1500/- INR only. A multi-layered sweet dish- bebinca is a favorite at Christmas. Also one can try the famous Goan alcoholic beverage- Cashew Feni
Goa Offers a cheap stay in facilities like beach cottages which ranges from 1200- 1500 a Day, whereas one can also indulge in luxurious hotels like Hyatt, , and , which will cost you 10,000 to 15,000 INR a Day. Cheapest hotels can be found in North Goa. It is better to make the reservations prior to your arrival as Goa is always full of tourists.